UPDATE: Yup. Bullshit.
at McCain HQ is getting their ass handed to them right now for talking
the candidates into calling this liar before doing any sort of check to
see if there was a story here.
We all know that campaigns can get ugly sometimes. We also know that the stupid tends to come out in greater quantity than normal, especially as it gets close to the endgame. However, at times there is a convergence of ugly and stupid so big it threatens to block out the sun.
Last night, the local news was reporting that Ashley Todd, a 20 year old McCain campaign worker, on her way home from phone-banking for McCain, was attacked and robbed at an ATM in Pittsburgh. After relieving the young lady of her money, her attacker, a “dark-skinned black man” then saw the McCain stickers on her car and “became enraged” and told her that he was going to “teach her a lesson” by carving a “B” for Barack in her face after kicking and punching her. Both John McCain AND Sarah Palin called her personally to express support in the face of this horrible, politically motivated crime.
Well, I am going to call “shenanigans” here. For starters, she “twittered” on the way to the ATM no less than three times saying how she was in a shady part of town looking for a Bank of America — begging the question of why anyone would micro-blog a seemingly mundane errand like that while supposedly in an unfamiliar area. Also, Todd initially declined to seek medical attention for her attack. Because, as we all know, after being mutilated by a “scary black man,” the last thing on your mind is going to a hospital. The next detail that raises eyebrows is the fact that her attacker would carve a “B” when Obama is almost universally referred to in conversation as. . . well, Obama. And the Epic Fail here is that the “B” is backwards, almost as if it was done in a mirror. Hmmm.
Fortunately, the Police aren’t buying it. Turns out, following five hours of questioning, there are a lot of inconsistencies to her story. Now, Todd is unsure if it was her McCain bumper stickers or a button that “enraged” her attacker. In addition, she’s claiming to have been groped and fondled while her dyslexic bogeyman did his knife work. Oh, and Todd is also “not sure” at which ATM she was robbed.
Not only was Todd unaware that when you write on yourself in a mirror the letters come out backwards, but she also failed to realize that all ATM’s have security cameras. So, the Police are going to give her a polygraph test. My guess is that during the setup, she caves in and admits it. We’ll see, though. For some reason, Tawana Brawley keeps coming to mind. I have a feeling that someone at McCain HQ is getting their asses chewed out for not looking into this before having both McCain and Palin call her and her family and bragging about it to the media. [Ed’s Note: do these guys even know what “vetting” means?]
In all seriousness, though, this is bad for a number of reasons. First, the incident made national headlines on its face. So even after it’s inevitably exposed as a hoax, some in western Pennsylvania (coincidentally a “must win” state for McCain), are going to only come away with “white female McCain worker gets mutilated by scary black Obama supporter”. Unless the headline tonight is “McCain Worker Mutillates Self, Files False Police Report In Effort To Smear Obama,” the damage may already be done. Second, it injects the specter of racial and political violence into an already highly charged atmosphere. This kind of thing has the potential to whip folks up in not so positive ways.
Fortunately, it looks like the Police, while taking the “incident” seriously, are treating it with a plenty of skepticism. What is purported to be Todd’s MySpace page, while now set to private, is available in Google’s web cache . Check out her quote next to her picture to get a little insight into this character. You know it’s bad when even Michelle Malkin doesn’t buy it. (Apologies to Casey for putting a Malkin link on his site.)